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1.      In order to make efficient use of the time, effort and expertise of all Council members, the Council authorizes the creation of standing committees of the Council charged to conduct studies, make recommendations to the Executive Committee, and act in an advisory capacity. The Council also authorizes the creation of subcommittees to assist standing committees in carrying out their duties. Standing committees and subcommittees are not authorized to take action on behalf of the Council.

2.        GCADA periodically seeks membership to serve as representatives on the four Policy and Planning subcommittees: Criminal Justice; Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders; Military and Veterans; and, Treatment and Recovery. The Council also seeks membership from four Municipal Alliances to serve as representatives to the Prevention and Public Awareness Committee.  An application process for general public membership will be made available to the public, who will be notified of the process accordingly.

3.      The Chairman shall appoint Council members and members of the public to serve one-year terms, where appropriate, on the following Council standing committees and subcommittees:

a.      Standing Committee - Executive

1. The Executive Committee shall include the following Council members:

Council Chairman Council Vice Chairman Policy and Planning Committee Chairman Prevention and Public Awareness Committee Chairman One public member of the Council appointed by the Chairman Executive Director (non-voting)

2.      The Executive Committee shall:

a.      Develop the Council's strategic vision, mission and goals and make recommendations to the Council in this regard.

b.      Review, coordinate and consider the work and recommendations of the Council's standing committees.

c.       Serve as the central planning group for the Council in order to ensure the work of the Council, Council standing committees and subcommittees, and Council staff stays consistent the Council's strategic vision, mission and goals.

d.      Advise the Executive Director on Council operations and work collaboratively to ensure efficient, effective and mission-driven operations.

e.      Review Council bylaws and recommend updates to bylaws annually.

f.       Record activities of Executive Committee meetings for use in reports to Council.

b.      Standing Committee - Policy and Planning

1.      The membership of the Policy and Planning Committee shall include:

Policy and Planning Committee Chairman who shall be a public member of the Council Prevention and Public Awareness Committee Chairman Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders Subcommittee Chairman Military and Veterans Subcommittee Chairman

Treatment and Recovery Subcommittee Chairman One public member of the Council appointed by the Chairman One ex officio member of the Council appointed by the Chairman

2.      The Policy and Planning Committee shall:

a.      Review and advise the Council regarding the development of the Comprehensive Statewide Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan (Plan) and the State government component of the Plan, collecting all data, reports, research and other information necessary to meet this responsibility.

b.      Coordinate all subcommittee planning activities and meaningfully engage ex officio members in Committee planning activities in order to ensure an overall effective planning effort and effective development of the Plan.

c.       Review and evaluate legislation relevant to the Council's statutory authority and pertaining to alcoholism and drug abuse. Make recommendations to the Executive Committee in support of/ opposition to legislation that has been deemed of critical importance and related to the Council's statutory authority.

d.      Record activities of Policy and Planning Committee meetings for use in reports to Council.

e.      Oversee the following subcommittees and their activities:

c.       Policy and Planning Subcommittee - Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Subcommittee shall:

1.      Review and advise the Council regarding criminal justice services and planning activities in New Jersey as they relate to alcoholism and drug abuse and facilitate their inclusion into the planning activities of the Policy and Planning Committee.

2.      Coordinate and collaborate with state, county and federal agencies, criminal justice organizations to identify gaps and best-practices in criminal justice services as they relate to alcoholism and drug abuse treatment. Make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee to fill these gaps and regarding these best-practices.

3.      Identify and develop new, outcome-based criminal justice initiatives as well as evaluation criteria as they relate to alcoholism and drug abuse and make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee regarding these initiatives and criteria.

4.      Record activities of Criminal Justice subcommittee meetings for use in reports to the Policy and Planning Committee.

d.      Policy and Planning Subcommittee - Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders

The Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders Subcommittee shall:

1.      Review and advise the Council regarding mental health and co-occurring disorder prevention, treatment, recovery as well as other initiatives for individuals with mental illness and their families and facilitate their inclusion into the planning activities of the Policy and Planning Committee.

2.      Coordinate and collaborate with state, county and federal agencies, mental health and addiction organizations to identify gaps and best-practices in mental health and co-occurring disorder services. Make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee to fill these gaps and regarding these best-practices.

3.      Record activities of Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorders subcommittee meetings for use in reports to the Policy and Planning Committee.

e.      Policy and Planning Subcommittee - Military and Veterans

The Military and Veterans Subcommittee shall:

1.      Review and advise the Council regarding alcoholism and drug abuse prevention, treatment, recovery as well as other initiatives for active military, veterans and military families and facilitate their inclusion into the planning activities of the Policy and Planning Committee.

2.      Coordinate and collaborate with state, county and federal agencies, and veterans organizations to identify gaps and best-practices in alcoholism and drug abuse services for active military, veterans and military families. Make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee to fill these gaps and regarding these best-practices.

3.      Provide information to active military, veterans, military families and veteran service organizations on available programs and resources.

4.      Record activities of Military and Veterans subcommittee meetings for use in reports to the Policy and Planning Committee.

f.       Policy and Planning Subcommittee - Treatment and Recovery

The Treatment and Recovery Subcommittee shall:

1.      Review and advise the Council regarding treatment and recovery services and planning activities in New Jersey and facilitate their inclusion into the planning activities of the Policy and Planning Committee.

2.      Coordinate and collaborate with state, county and federal agencies, treatment and recovery organizations to identify gaps and best-practices in alcoholism and drug abuse treatment and recovery services. Make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee to fill these gaps and regarding these best- practices.

3.      Identify and develop new, outcome-based treatment and recovery initiatives as well as evaluation criteria and make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee regarding these initiatives and criteria.

4.      Record activities of Treatment and Recovery subcommittee meetings for use in reports to the Policy and Planning Committee.

g.      Standing Committee - Prevention and Public Awareness

1.      The membership of the Prevention and Public Awareness Committee shall include:

Prevention and Public Awareness Committee Chairman who shall be a public member of the Council Four additional members of the Council Four representatives from municipal alliances who shall reflect the geographic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic diversity of the Alliances A representative of the County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors Association

A representative of the County Alliance Coordinators Association A representative of the Student Assistance Professionals Association A representative of the New Jersey Prevention Network or a member agency of the Network A representative of the NCADD-New Jersey A representative of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

2.      The Prevention and Public Awareness Committee shall:

a.      Review and advise the Council regarding prevention and public awareness services and planning activities in New Jersey and facilitate their inclusion into the planning activities of the Policy and Planning Committee.

b.      Coordinate and collaborate with state, county and federal agencies, prevention and public awareness organizations to identify gaps and best-practices in alcoholism and drug abuse prevention and public awareness services. Make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee to fill these gaps and regarding these best-practices.

c.       Identify and develop new, outcome-based prevention and public awareness initiatives as well as evaluation criteria and make recommendations to the Policy and Planning Committee regarding these initiatives and criteria.

d.      Review and advise the Council regarding the development of the Comprehensive Statewide Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Master Plan (Plan) and the State government component of the Plan, in coordination with the Policy and Planning Committee, collecting all data, reports, research and other information necessary to meet this responsibility.

e.      Review and advise the Council regarding the development of rules, regulations and Council administrative procedures for participation in, and the operation of, the Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and for the awarding of grants to municipalities and counties.

f.       Review and advise the Council regarding the development of public awareness and education materials related to alcoholism and drug abuse in order to bring greater public awareness to this public health concern and to reduce the stigma associated with it.

g.      Review and advise the Council regarding development of public awareness and education materials related to Council and Alliance activities, goals, and accomplishments and develop collaborative relationships with stakeholder groups and other interested parties.

h.      Assist with planning and implementation of the Council's Annual Summit.

i.       Establish request for application (RFA), Annual Summit and other working groups as needed to assist the Prevention and Public Awareness Committee in carrying out its duties.

j.       Record activities of Prevention and Public Awareness Committee meetings for use in reports to the Council.

Advisory and Ad Hoc Committees

1.      The Council may establish any advisory committees it deems advisable and feasible pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:2BB-2(e).

2.         The Chairman may also create ad-hoc committees to accomplish specific tasks or to advise the Council on specific issues and shall be time limited. The chairman and members of any ad-hoc committee shall be appointed by the Chairman.